June 2017

UPDATE: Interac Takes E-Transfer Service Offline Temporarily To Fix Technical Problems

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 15:15 PM

Significant technical issues have led Interac to temporarily take their E-Transfer service offline.

In a statement, Interac says it is an internal technical issue resulting in transaction delays, and the suspension of a number of transfers.

They are reassuring the public by saying the system and data remains secure.

While the system is offline, banks will not be able to process any transactions.

Interac says any transfers currently in transit will be processed once the system is restored.

Big Tancook Island Elementary School Teacher Retiring After 35 Years

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 13:48 PM

A teacher who has educated students for 35 years on Big Tancook Island is calling it a career.

Elizabeth Sutherland is retiring.

She recalls being one of two teachers on the island when she first started but has been by herself since 1990.

The most students she's had in her class was 16 and the fewest was last year, with two.

Sutherland says teaching on the island and watching students grow has been rewarding.

"When I first started here I thought I would stay two years and get my permanent contract and move on. 35 years later, here I am."

Bridgewater Police Chief Suspension Extended

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 09:40 AM

Suspended Bridgewater Police Chief will continue to be paid by the town.

Bridgewater's Police Commission met last night to discuss John Collyer's suspension.

Commission chair Pat Cappello issued a statement.

"There were no new recommendations forthcoming from that in-camera discussion. As this is a personnel matter, on behalf of the board of police commissioners, we will not be commenting further at this time."

Cappello wouldn't comment on how long the suspension will last or when the commission will revisit the issue.

Bridgewater Police Nab Robbery Suspects

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 05:32 AM

Two people were arrested for armed robbery Thursday night in Bridgewater.

Police responded to a 911 call on Maple Street just after 7:30 p.m.

Two males, one of them a minor, were arrested.

And a firearm was discovered with the help of K-9 Davis.

Both males will be in Bridgewater Court this morning to face charges of robbery with firearm, using disguise to commit offence and possession of stolen property.

Bridgewater Police say they're not looking for any other suspects and don't consider the robbery to be a random act.

Hit it for Health Returns To Raise Money For Mammography System

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 05:11 AM

People will drive for show and putt for health care next week.

The Health Services Foundation of the South Shore hosts its Hit it for Health golf tournament at noon on July 5 at Osprey Ridge.

Teams and individuals will be raising money for a new mammography reporting system.

Development Officer, Alison Clements, says there is space still available for anyone interested.

"You do not need to be a pro at all, it is for all skill levels because we're all here to raise money and support our local health care system."

Three Levels of Government Partner To Clean Up LaHave River

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 15:13 PM

The goal to eliminate straight pipes from the lower LaHave River by 2023 is now in motion.

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg with the provincial and federal governments are collaborating to spend just over $15.7-million to get rid of more than 600 straight pipes that feed sewage into the river.

Each level of government is contributing $5,247,060.

South Shore - St. Margaret's MP, Bernadette Jordan, says it's been a long time coming.

Gold River Group Has Big Plans For Old School Site

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 11:23 AM

A community group in Gold River is working to develop the former school site.

The Together We Can group wants to plant community gardens, establish a walking track and build benches and picnic tables.

Secretary Heather Brooker says the people of Gold River are behind the effort.

"I do believe that low-cost, low-maintenance ideas are the ones that are going to probably be the most welcome both by the people who are trying to develop this site as well as the council."

Brooker says residents are not going to let this recreation opportunity slip away.

MODL: Municipality Joining Petite Riviere Group in Judicial Review

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 11:16 AM

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is intervening in the judicial review into the decision to close Petite Riviere Elementary School.

MODL authorized their legal counsel on Tuesday following a request by the Greater Petite Area Community Association to work together to try and have the court overturn the decision.

Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson says council feels less people will move to Lunenburg County because of school closures.

Bridgewater: Grand Opening Planned For Pijinuiskaq Park

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 15:12 PM

An outdoor space in Bridgewater will officially open on Friday.

A grand opening for Pijinuiskaq Park on King Street in the downtown will start at 4 p.m.

The park is believed to be the only street, facility or public space in Bridgewater to bear a Mi'kmaq name.

The space was created as part of the town's Take Back The Riverbank project.

The $5-million investment also included installing new water, wastewater and storm water lines and revitalizing a two-block stretch of the downtown.